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ESA on the rise: Figures from NIESR's Jonathan Portes show the number of people receiving ESA is increasing - but there are none for those in the 'mandatory reconsideration' queue and it seems 400,000 claims awaiting assessment have gone unrecorded.

ESA on the rise: Figures from NIESR’s Jonathan Portes show the number of people receiving ESA is increasing – but there are none for those in the ‘mandatory reconsideration’ queue and it seems 400,000 claims awaiting assessment have gone unrecorded.

Vox Political is grateful to Same Difference for bringing this article by Work Test Whistleblower to our attention:

The old men of Caxton House might seem unworldly, but they know how to pull off a conjuring trick: they’ve made 400,000 claims vanish into thin air.

The Atos bottleneck has led to a huge number of jobless people getting stuck in welfare limbo (or “limboland” as IDS said in the House the other day). They wait…and wait…and wait for their ESA claims to be assessed.

In the meantime, how does the DWP classify them, in its official stats?

  • JSA claimants?
  • Unemployed?
  • ESA recipients?
  • Employees?

Answer: none of the above.
They aren’t recorded anywhere in the data fed to the press.

Read the rest of the article on the Work Test Whistleblower site.

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